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In this issue: Educating the Whole Child

  • A Holistic Approach to Learning

    The social emotional well-being of our students plays big role in children’s academic success and achievement. These are the supports that the team of professionals in the Child Welfare, Attendance and Safety office of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) offers.

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  • Trauma-Informed Care in Schools

    Pasadena Unified has embraced the Trauma-Informed Care approach to addressing student behaviors. Guest Editor Mary Donnelly-Carter of Pasadena’s Young & Healthy describes Trauma Informed Care.

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  • Navigating the Stresses of School Life

    PUSD's mental health professionals support children’s positive connections with their peers, family and community and work with them to so they have tools to overcome the stressors in their lives.

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  • Raising Attendance: Why It Matters

    PUSD's Office of Child Welfare, Attendance and Safety is focusing on the academic consequences of lost instructional time and on preventing excessive absences so that students stay on track.

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  • A Place for Families: Healthy Start Family Centers

    Located at five Pasadena Unified (PUSD) schools, Healthy Start Family Centers are at the front line of helping district students and their families navigate their way to resources and services that help children thrive.

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  • PUSD Mental Health Services

    Pasadena Unified holds a remarkable place in California: the district is one of only two in the state with its own county-funded mental health services program.

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  • School Safety and Emergency Preparedness

    Keeping students safe as they travel to and from school and while they’re on campus is a complex task that involves the physical safety of the campus, the socio-emotional well-being of students and staff, and planning and preparing for emergencies.

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  • Early Intervention Helps Students Succeed

    Early identification is delivering tailored support for students who struggle with academics, behavior and attendance. They’re more likely to overcome barriers and succeed. Intervention specialists Giovanni Ayala and Stephen Sneed work one-on-one to support students.

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  • Caring for Foster Youth

    With about 640 children in foster care enrolled in its schools in 2015-2016 and an average of 400 in classrooms at any point in time, the Pasadena Unified School District is transforming the way it serves foster youth. Foster youth are children living temporarily in the care of adults other than their birth parents who, for a variety reasons, are unable to care for them.

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  • Serving Homeless Students

    Pasadena Unified's Families in Transition helps stabilize the home environment of more than 600 homeless children and youth each year.

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  • Empowering Parents to Support Learning

    Pasadena Unified now offers adult education options tailored to the lifestyles of the adult learner as part of its expanded academic programs.

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